Over the holiday weekend we decided to take the kids on a little trip. I had heard amazing things about the Columbus Zoo and we had yet to attempt a hotel stay with the little ones so why not try it?
Looking back I could have given myself several reasons not to try it but nonetheless we did it anyway.
Here are a few things I learned about traveling with young children:
1. No matter how many pacifiers you pack, you will lose every. single. one.
2. Suckers are great for short car rides, suckers during long car rides = sugar high while STILL IN THE CAR.
3. Nothing makes a three year old boy go from a whining stupor to contagious laughter like his mom saying the word “butt.”
4. When your child is on the verge of a meltdown that will spread like wild fire you will sing a song about anything to make him laugh. (see #3)
5. Hotel rooms are not toddler-proof.
6. The only place to go to escape a non toddler-proofed hotel room is another non toddler-proofed destination.
7. One child who will not go to sleep in a hotel room = all children not sleeping in a hotel room.
8. A zoo, no matter how amazing, is not quite as amazing to a family full of sleep deprived children.
9. Rides are only as good as their height requirement. (How many kids are actually over 48 inches anyway?)
10. Nothing, not meltdowns or sleep deprivation or blocking your children from a park full of rides they are too small for, can take away from the magic of exploring a new place through their eyes.
And the next morning when they wake up happy to be home? You tell yourself you would do the whole trip over again just for the reminder that they are right where they belong.
What is your best tip for traveling with young children?
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